Oluwasegun Aina, Ado-Ekiti

Tragedy struck the city of Ado-Ekiti yesterday night as gunmen abducted a petroleum product dealer in Ado Ekiti, Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami.

The escapade occurred at the victim’s filling station along Ado-Ijan Road in Ado Ekiti about 9 pm on Sunday.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Ekiti State Police Command, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, said, “The command has deployed a Special Team of Policemen to be assisted by the Amotekun Corp, the local hunters, and the Vigilantes to comb the bush for possible tracking of the suspects and the release of the victim.”

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Abutu in a press release on Sunday night, said, “At about 2105hours on Sunday, one Mrs Mariam Akinbami came to Odo-Ado Divisional Police Headquarters and reported that her husband, Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami was kidnapped at the premise of his Petrol Station along Ijan/Ado Road at about 2030hrs on the same date.

“According to her, four unknown men quietly approached the husband, ordered him into his Toyota Jeep and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

“Upon receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officer led his team to the scene, but the abductors had already left.”

Abutu said that policemen, Amotekun operatives, and others had consequently started a search for the victim and the bandits.

He stated, “The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo, while calling for calm, has assured the good people of Ekiti State that the police will do their best to ensure the rescue of the victims and the tracking of the abductors.

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“The Commissioner also urged everyone to be wary of strange and suspicious faces around their domains and implore everyone with useful information concerning the incident to please contact the nearest Police Station or call 08062335577”.

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